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3 Days in Tuscany

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Tuscany is the place where many Italian dreams are born. The region is filled with scenic rolling hills, cypress-lined driveways leading to stone villas, sloping lines of grapevines, enchanting hill towns, Renaissance art, hearty food... In short, it's easy to fall in love with this place. This guide will help you plan your very own visit to the rich and varied area.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

12 Places

3 City Tips

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12 Places

Day 1

Siena

Destinations

Piazza del Campo

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Bar Il Palio

Restaurants

San Gimignano

Destinations

Day 2

Pienza

Destinations

Val d'Orcia

Historic Sites, Valleys

Bagno Vignoni

Destinations

Day 3

Lucca

Destinations

Caffe Tessieri

Restaurants

Le mura di Lucca

Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Borgo a Mozzano

Destinations

Viareggio

Destinations

Gillian L's City Tips

  • Slow down. The roads are curvy, the towns are sleepy. Enjoy the pace.
  • Times for lunch and dinner are pretty strict, with lunches between 1-3pm and dinner 8-11pm. It can be very difficult to find much open in the middle of the day.
  • Renting a car and staying in a villa or smaller hill town gives you the flexibility to visit a variety of places.
    Day 1
  • Siena
    Destinations
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    Gillian L Says:

    Siena is a great base for a few days in Tuscany. Climb the 400-plus steps of the Torre de Mangia bell tower to get the full effect of the Piazza del Campo and the city's ochre-colored rooftops, and get inspired by the Duomo's intricate floor.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The Opa Si pass is valid for three consecutive days, and includes entrance to the Duomo, the underground crypt, the Museo dell'Opera and the Faccitone tower. It's great value for sightseers.
    • The much anticipated Palio, a rough and ready horse race, takes place in the Piazza del Campo twice during the summer. It's fascinating to see, but keep in mind that the city will be much more crowded during the festivities.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    • Siena
  • Piazza del Campo
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Gillian L Says:

    This expansive space is the center of life in Siena. Ringed by shops, bars and restaurants, Piazza del Campo offers something for everyone. The nine distinct sections that make up the Piazza symbolize the Government of the Nine, which oversaw a peaceful and creative period in Siena from 1287-1355.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The Palio horse race takes place on July 2 and August 16. There are festivities, including costumed parades, on the days leading up to each event.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 120 things to do in Siena
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A lovely spot in the centre of Sienna 22/10/2018
    • Palio 22/10/2018
    • Piazza del Campo
    Address:
    Piazza del Campo
    53100, Siena
    Italy
    Other:
  • Bar Il Palio
    Restaurants (Italian, Bar, Cafe, Mediterranean)
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    Gillian L Says:

    Situated on Piazza del Campo, Bar Il Palio is a favorite haunt of locals and visitors alike. Whether you start your day in Siena with a cappuccino and cornetto, the traditional Italian breakfast, or stop in for a mid-afternoon espresso or an after dinner drink, you'll be treated to some of the best street theater in Tuscany.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The light just before the sun sets is particularly magical, making the entire piazza glow. Order a glass orfTuscan wine and enjoy the show.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #183 of 469 restaurants in Siena
    • Hopeless service 21/10/2018
    • Just right! 15/10/2018
    • Bar Il Palio
    Address:
    Il Campo, 46-49
    53100 Siena
    Siena
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 0577 282055
  • San Gimignano
    Destinations
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    Gillian L Says:

    San Gimignano is one of my favorite towns in Tuscany, just the right size for a day trip. Cobbled streets, flower-decked windows, ceramic shops, cozy restaurants... check, check and check. During the 14th century families in the town built towers to tout their own power. Today, 13 of those 72 towers remain in this town that feels trapped in time.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Take some time to explore Palazzo Comunale and its Sala di Dante, where the famed poet addressed the town council in 1299.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    • San Gimignano
  • Day 2
  • Pienza
    Destinations
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    Gillian L Says:

    If you love cheese, then you will love Pienza — Tuscany's famous Pecorino di Pienza cheese is sold in almost every shop along its main street. This tiny town is big on charm too. For heart-stopping views, take a walk along the streets that ring the town.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Stop for gelato at Fredo — Il Gelato Artiginale.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    • Pienza
  • Val d'Orcia
    Historic Sites, Valleys
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    Gillian L Says:

    The Val' d'Orcia almost defies description — or it makes one fall back on cliches like 'stunning' and 'breathtaking.' It is ridiculously pretty. There are vast open spaces with rolling hills that in the summer are lush and green and filled with sunflowers. In the fall and then winter, they transform from golden to dark taupe as the clay soil is tilled and rests for another season. Drive the twisty county roads, stop for pictures and enjoy our own instagrammable moments.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The fields are filled sunflowers from late June until August.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 4,613 things to do in Tuscany
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Full of photo-opportunities. 11/10/2018
    • Tuscany at its best 27/09/2018
    • Val d'Orcia
    Other:
  • Bagno Vignoni
    Destinations
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    Gillian L Says:

    For centuries, this small, pretty town has been attracting travelers with its mineral-rich waters and their healing qualities. The water in Bagno Vignoni is steamy hot, so bathing here is a great thing to do on a cold afternoon, but even in summer the warm water is somehow refreshing.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • I love the simple Piscine del Sole. Spend your morning soaking in the water and then have lunch in La Loggiata if it's a sunny day, or Osteria Leone if it is raining.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    • Bagno Vignoni
  • Day 3
  • Lucca
    Destinations
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    Gillian L Says:

    Lovely Lucca is also an excellent base for your time in Tuscany. There are more than 100 churches to visit, plus music performances almost every night of the year, and plenty of piazzas in which to while a few hours away.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • In late afternoon, join the locals for a passeggiata along the via Fillungo.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    • Lucca
  • Caffe Tessieri
    Restaurants (Italian, Cafe)
    Gillian L Says:

    This historic bar has been serving coffee since the 1920s. It's well known for its pastries, but you can also come here for an early evening aperitivo.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Want to look like a local? Pay first at the cashier and then have your coffee standing up at the bar.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #272 of 559 restaurants in Lucca
    • The best Negroni in the world 13/09/2018
    • Delightful 3rd generation cafe with home made pasta 25/07/2018
    • Caffe Tessieri
    Address:
    Via Santa Croce 35
    55100, Lucca
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 0583 496632
  • Le mura di Lucca
    Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Gillian L Says:

    Walking or biking along the four kilometers of paths that ring the city of Lucca is an absolute must during your time in Tuscany. There are shady, tree-lined expanses, grassy areas for picnics, benches for resting, and views out over the mountains and the rooftops.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • In summer, it is best to walk here early in the morning or just before the sun sets to avoid the heat.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 125 things to do in Lucca
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Well worth doing 22/10/2018
    • Walking or Biking. A Lovely Parkland w/ a View 22/10/2018
    • Le mura di Lucca
    Phone:
    +39 0583 583086
    Other:
  • Borgo a Mozzano
    Destinations
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    Gillian L Says:

    About a 20-minute drive from Lucca, Borgo a Mozzano is worthy of a quick stop for its incredible bridge. The official name is 'Ponte della Maadalena,' but it is also called the 'Ponte del Diavolo,' or the 'Devil's Bridge.' In medieval times, the bridge was an important link in the pilgrim route between France and Rome. Today, it's an incredible example of the period's architectural engineering.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • There is not that much to see in the town of Borgo a Mozzano. The bridge is the real highlight, but there are a few cafes if you need a refreshment stop.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    • Borgo a Mozzano
  • Viareggio
    Destinations
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    Gillian L Says:

    Tuscany is not all charming hill towns and rolling hills. It also has about 400 miles of coastline. You've got the wild and romantic area known as the Maremma and the glitzy Forte di Marmi. And then there is Viareggio, a lively beach town with Liberty-style architecture and white sand beaches. Visit the historic Caffe Margherita on the 'lungomare,' rent bikes to explore the nearby pine forest, or rent a beach chair and umbrella and spend the day sunbathing.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • In the winter, Viareggio hosts one of Italy's most important Carnival celebrations. There are enormous papier mache floats that depict political figures and fantastical creatures.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    • Viareggio
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